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Whether playing out of central midfield or in a withdrawn striker role, De Rosario has been a constant threat, helping alleviate the pressure from starting forwards Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies.

“For guys like Wolffy and I, it’s a dream for a player like that to come to our team,” Davies said. “He’s a guy who has to make defenders stay honest because he can strike balls from distance, he can score goals.”

It also hasn’t taken long for De Rosario to assume a leadership role with United, with Olsen handing him the captain’s armband for two contests already.

“It’s known what he’s done around the league,” midfielder Chris Pontius said. “He’s a player that changes games. He’s a player that will coach you on the field and talk you through things.”

One caveat to United’s acquisition of De Rosario was his contract that expires at season’s end. If recent history is any indicator, he could be targeting a hefty sum.

De Rosario said he would like to set up a long-term residence in the nation’s capital, where his MLS career unofficially started a decade ago when he joined United for a 2001 preseason trip to El Salvador before signing with San Jose.

As he puts it, he has come “full circle.”

“I think the most important thing for any professional athlete,” De Rosario said, “is to be settled and to have peace of mind when you’re playing and know you have a future somewhere.”